Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.92
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Bowdoin College
OP-14: Office Paper Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.91 / 1.00 Keisha Payson
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainable Bowdoin
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated preference to purchase office paper that has recycled content and/or is certified to meet multi-criteria sustainability standards for paper?:

A copy of the paper purchasing policy, directive or guidelines:

The paper purchasing policy, directive or guidelines:

The College has negotiated a special rate with our office supply vendor for 100% recycled paper and all Bowdoin College office supply buyers are encouraged to purchase this 100% recycled paper for their office needs. The college has a “hard substitute” so that when someone orders regular office paper it defaults to the 100% recycled option.

A brief description of steps the institution has taken to ensure that the purchasing policy, directives, or guidelines are followed :

The college asks the people in charge of individual office's paper orders to take into account Bowdoin's preference for recycled content office paper. Additionally, Bowdoin secured a new deal for 100% recycled content paper in 2010. This move was publicized through emails. Purchasing contracts and invoices confirm the use of recycled content paper.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on office paper)?:

Expenditures on office paper with the following levels of post-consumer recycled, agricultural residue, and/or FSC certified content::
Expenditure Per Level
10-29 percent 0 US/Canadian $
30-49 percent 1,098.18 US/Canadian $
50-69 percent 0 US/Canadian $
70-89 percent (or FSC Mix label) 4,618.78 US/Canadian $
90-100 percent (or FSC Recycled label) 27,464.30 US/Canadian $

Total expenditures on office paper :
35,851.70 US/Canadian $

The website URL where information about the paper purchasing policy, directive, or guidelines is available:

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